TARZAN is WPPAC’s Holiday SAFARI for Kids Of All Ages
WPPAC Producing Artistic Director Jeremy Quinn has created the Congo of 1912 though the theatrical alchemy of lighting master Jamie Roderick and jungle designer Gabriel Firestone. TARZAN’s staging is as in-your-face technologically, up-to-date and inventive and sets the setting as strong as the reach-out-and-touch-your heart performances.
WPPAC has never before created the effects like these: the scenery, the real jungle treetops with creeping leopards, tree houses and spectacular costumes where TARZAN’s apes actually look like apes. Quinn puts WPPAC in the big time with this production. TARZAN is Broadway quality.
There is something brilliant going on at the White Plains Performing Arts Center.
With their production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, they have once again succeeded in providing epic spectacle but also find the heart and center of the story which is so often forgotten. The production lands with a satisfying splash, making imaginative use of the stage and creative set pieces to transport audiences from under the sea to dry land and back again.
The material itself is not without its faults. And despite this production’s best attempts, there are some scattered moments that feel long and bland. But thankfully, these moments are few thanks to Jeremy Quinn’s direction. Mr. Quinn sustains a sense of gentle spontaneity and fun while keeping the show within the accepted bounds of “Disney entertainment”. Disney management being rather zealous in terms of protecting their brand, still leaves a lot of room for artistic interpretation which Mr. Quinn masterfully guides his cast in.
While the Broadway production flopped, suffice it to say that Mr. Quinn and his collaborators have fooled the naysayers and given us a production that more than does justice to the lovely little film from which it sprang. I’d see it again in a heartbeat.
‘SWEENEY TODD’ IS A CHILLING THRILL OF AN EVENING.
A new vision of a modern classic, reimagined and directed by WPPAC Artistic Director Jeremy Quinn pushes the edge, as Quinn is known to do. Very well executed, it works whether you are familiar with the story or not.
Each of the actors has developed just the right amount of tick and tremble to their movements, a certain cock of the head, a blankness to the stare, a shrill to the scream to put the audience right at the scene of the insanity taking place in an imaginary London.
If you are looking for an eerie Halloween-style adventure, be sure to make this show one of your scheduled stops this month.
WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: SWEENEY TODD
WPPAC’s production is a bold interpretation that moves the barber and pie shops into an insane asylum. Think of it as One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest meets Sweeney Todd. As we waited outside wrought iron gates to enter the theater, we hear screams coming from within the auditorium. We eventually see some “patients” walking around, trying to get out of the gates. This was a very appropriate way to set the tone for this unique show. Each actor perfectly maintained their special demeanor during this half hour of improv and throughout the show. The musical performances were powerful and flawlessly performed by the talented cast and orchestra. Steven C. Rich who played ‘Sweeney Todd’ has the voice to fit the part, his strong, clear baritone voice rang beautifully through the auditorium. His performance of “Epiphany” was extraordinary.
The word ‘extraordinary’ can honestly be used to describe each and every cast member. Each actor showed us many facets of their talents, from their acting to their strong singing voices. Special praise goes to Director Jeremy Quinn who brought this brilliant concept to life. From beginning to end, Mr. Quinn’s vision added depth and originality to the show. He took a chance which worked very well. WPPAC’s production of Sweeney Todd is unlike any you’ll see anywhere, anytime. You must see it!
‘SWEENEY TODD’ – A RAZOR-SHARP PRODUCTION AT WPPAC
The staging works. ‘Sweeney Todd’ is an ambitious musical to undertake. Kudos to White Plains Performing Arts Center for taking on the challenge.
WPPAC’s Production of THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY Kept Me Laughing
I could not help myself, I had to laugh out loud several times during the performance. As one can expect of a production by Jeremy Quinn and his associates, “The Fox on the Fairway” is well worth a visit.
Lots of Laughs on the Links in FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
The best indoor golf tournament you’ll ever see; The Fox on the Fairway is the most fun you will have on a golf course this year, any year. The audience’s collective jaws drop and incredulous laughter peels forth, eager for whatever comes next in this wild-tee-shot-down-the-fairway-slicing-hooking-delighting-quipping-after-quip-bouncing-after-bounce-and-in-the-hole comedy! The slapstick bits are just too funny. It’s mirthful mayhem. There’s lot of joy on the golf course in this creatively staged, outlandishly plotted play.
Jeremy Quinn, Artistic Director and director of this show has nailed the timing down of all the performers who work together—timing their lines perfectly. The bodies are flying around the big stage in a complexity of motion that glazes the audience’s eyes and keeps the laughs on coming. The staging of the final putt of the tournament is fabulously choreographed, as every twist and break has the audience on the edge of their seats, as the whispering voice of the tournament announcer delivers every nuance of the long twisting roll.
Quinn has mixed all the many tools White Plains Performing Arts Center offers the director to send up golf in not a mean way but a bizarrely reverent way – the essence of farce.
EDITORS’ OBSESSION: We can’t shut up about…an amazing production of LES MISERABLES with Broadway-caliber acting and impressive sets, costumes, orchestration and staging.
COLOR PURPLE gamble pays off in uplifting production.
Consistently Soared. Provocative and Uplifting. The production exemplifies how the joy of creativity can triumph over cruelty and hardship. WPPAC’s achievement is doubly impressive because the company got it together in less than three weeks. Talent appears evenly distributed throughout the cast…There are no weak links. The cumulative effect is mighty powerful, a study in overcoming adversity in more ways than one. The Color Purple earns every laugh and tear.
Laughter to the rafters!
Under Jeremy Quinn’s snappy direction, LEND ME A TENOR was played at the proper breakneck tempo…The production fully deserves the tenner on which the show’s title is a pun; perhaps even two tenners, one for each Otello creating such heavenly havoc.
CATS directed by Jeremy Quinn, creatively, smoothly, energetic for every minute; is by far the best production the White Plains Performing Arts Center has ever done. A miracle and a testimony to what committed talent can do.